After 18 hours of research evaluating 42 products, we picked Nespresso Pixie by Breville as our top choice.
Ready to change the way you think about single serve coffee makers? We’ve lined up the best Nespresso machine options to do just that - and we’ve read through thousands of Nespresso reviews to get to the absolute best.
Nespresso vs Keurig:
If you’ve always found Keurig pods to be weak (which some people do), don't worry. Nespresso pods are bold and full of flavor. And, you’ve got more options than you think when it comes to the pods you choose.
In addition, Nespresso pods are totally recyclable (unlike K-cups). You get the convenience of the push system without the ecological guilt that goes with it. Sounds good so far, right?
And, you’re going to love the speed at which these machines deliver the perfect cup of coffee every single time.
Before you rush off to buy the best Nespresso machine for you (which we seriously recommend doing), there's something you need to know. There are two types of Nespresso pods (and therefore machines) and they’re not interchangeable.
If you buy an Original Line Nespresso Machine, you need to buy Original Line pods. If you go for a VertuoLine Nespresso Machine, you’ll need VertuoLine pods.
Now that we've got that out of the way, let's get to the list.
This Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Espresso Machine by De'Longhi delivers the perfect cup of espresso or coffee every single time. It's super user-friendly and heats up quickly, ready to serve you your favorite espresso in either a 1.35oz or 5oz size.
Users say this machine can be noisy.
Get the best single-serve espresso every single time. This Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Espresso Machine by De'Longhi uses a 19 bar pump system that perfectly extracts the delicious flavor of every Nespresso Original Coffee capsule. The water tank is 34oz and is easily removable for quick access and cleaning.
The Aeroccino 3 milk frother enables you to make a delightful cappuccino or latte. The drip tray is foldable so you can use taller glasses for this machine as well. The compact design allows this machine to fit in small kitchens - perfect for an apartment or shared space.
Heat up time is 25 Seconds, and there is an auto shut off feature after 9 minutes (can be extended to 30 minutes).
This Nespresso machine is currently on sale on Amazon for $208.96 (originally $299.00). Perfect for a couple or single adult, and makes for a great gift.
15-second heat time, large capacity water tank, and easy to use and clean.
Doesn't allow for much customization.
This VertuoLine Nespresso brews both coffee and cappuccino with the single press of the button. It's super easy to use between the intuitive control panel and code technology written into every pod.
And the sliding tray allows you to choose your cup size.
While it doesn't come with a milk connection, you can sometimes pick up this model with an Aeroccino Plus for even cheaper than the Nespresso Vertuo model. You gotta love that!
Heats up in 15 seconds and will shut off automatically after 9 minutes.
While the standard price is $200, you can often find great deals on this machine, making it a real budget option.
Amazingly simple to make ridiculously delicious coffee, large water and milk reservoirs, and allows you to customize to your liking.
Pricey and does require some maintenance.
No matter what you want to make with this coffee machine, it's easy to use. The interface walks you through every step of the process, whether you're making coffee or servicing your machine. You get notifications for every step of the process as well, which we love.
Cleaning is simple with cycles that handle much of the work (and all you need to do is flip a switch). There's also a light by the coffee outlet which is great for dark corners.
And, on top of all of this, you can customise the already excellent coffee settings to your liking.
Heat up time: Heats up in 25 seconds and will automatically shut off after 9 minutes.
The MSRP is $800, but you can often find this for about half the price. Yes, that's expensive, but this is perhaps the most impressive machine you can find in this range.
Makes great espresso with impressive crema, good energy rating and easy cleaning, and features 2 programmable switches.
Some pods crush in the machine and it can be a little noisy.
Though this Nespresso machine has a plastic-based construction, the quality of it is undeniable - and it's got a solid A Class energy rating.
There are 2 programmable switches for espresso and lungo and you can make bigger espressos by holding the button down for a little longer. That, plus the foldable drip tray, means you can make amazing coffee every single time.
And if you're a Breville kind of a person, you can pick up the same machine from that manufacturer.
Heats up in 25 seconds and features auto shut off after 9 minutes.
The MSRP is $200, but you can usually pick it up for less. And, if you're not picky about the brand that manufactures it, you may want to check out the Breville model to see if it comes in any cheaper.
1-touch cappuccino or latte with quiet operation, removable, easy-to-clean milk container, and super easy to use and programmable too.
Smaller water tank, and it's a little pricey.
If you want great cappuccinos and lattes, you really need to look into this machine.
It's got 5 different milk and coffee options - and the milk operation is remarkably quiet and easy to clean and maintain. Indeed, cleaning the overall machine is super easy, as is maintenance (and there's an indicator for that).
Plus, making drinks is even easier with illuminated keys and automatic controls.
Heats up in 40 seconds and you can set it to automatically shut off anywhere between 30 minutes and 8 hours.
The MSRP is $500, but most of the time you should be able to find this machine for much less. And, for what you get, it's absolutely worth it.
Hotter than the original Vertuo, fantastic cleaning cycle, make coffee or espresso - no worries.
Doesn't have an indicator to let you know the water tank is running low.
If you want a range of coffees and espressos, this is the machine for you. It's got it all and a gigantic water tank to boot. As the VertuoLine grows in popularity, you can expect the variety of flavors to do the same.
Plus, the centrifusion tech totally surpasses the crema you'll get in place of the standard 19 bar pressure.
And, in case you've heard that these machines don't produce hot enough coffee, you can rest assured that the problem has been fixed with this particular model.
Heats up in 15 seconds and shuts off automatically after 9 minutes.
For a machine of this calibre, paying the usual price of roughly $230 is really not bad at all.
Includes water tank-level indicators, folding drip tray for a variety of cups, and convenient cord storage.
Some large mugs don't fit easily, and a few users find it on the noisy side.
There's a lot of reasons to love this particular Nespresso model, beginning with the wonderfully small footprint and easy to use system. Indeed, it's got just about everything you need for an amazing cup of coffee.
We particularly like the programmable buttons for cappuccino as well as lungo, the convenient power cord storage, and that this machine falls in the energy consumption class of A-40%.
Finally, if you're more of a De'Longhi type of person, you can pick up virtually the same model by this brand. If you don't have a preference, you may be happy to learn that there's usually one on sale.
Heats up in 25 seconds and will shut off automatically after 9 minutes.
It's not the cheapest option on the block, but the MSRP of $230 is quite reasonable. If you can pick it up cheaper, don't wait.